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ACWA Power signs 25-year PPA for the 485MW Hussein CCGT IPP
ACWA Power has signed a 25-year PPA with National Electric Power Company for the 485MW Hussein CCGT IPP. The plant will be located in Zarqa Industrial Area and will replace Jordan’s first thermal power station – the Hussein Thermal Power Station, which has been operating since 1975 and has recently been decommissioned.
The project, with a total investment cost of approximately US$460mn, uses GE Energy’s 9E turbines and runs on natural gas as the primary fuel, and light diesel oil as the secondary fuel. Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation III will be the EPC contractor for the project, while the O&M will be undertaken by Central Electricity Generating Company (CEGCO) of Jordan.
Paddy Padmanathan, president and CEO of ACWA Power remarked on the importance of the Hussein project for ACWA and commended the government of Jordan on its approach to stimulating private investment in the energy sector and for ensuring that adequate new capacity is brought to line to feed growing social needs and economic activity.
Thamer Al Shahran, managing director of ACWA Power, added, “We are pleased to build up on our presence as one of Jordan’s largest power generators (through CEGCO), in supporting Jordan’s increasing demand for power and a balanced fuel mix by rehabilitating Hussein.” He maintained that the most important aspect of this project had been ensuring that there was no effective loss in jobs due to the decommissioning of the old plant.